Healthy Beginnings

Colic, Fevers and Bug Bites, Oh My! Essential Oils and Their Role in Promoting Children’s Health

By Elaine Brooks

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Essential oils are truly effective in treating the ailments and illnesses that are so prevalent in childhood and, as an added bonus, they help optimize our health and protect our environment. Listed below are essential oils remedies to help safely treat health issues that can often bother your little ones:


Babies often end up with a bad case of colic, and chamomile, rosemary and thyme are well-known oils to help relieve the pain. Rubbing diluted chamomile on their feet or on their abdomen, along with adding some rosemary or thyme, will help to quell the pain. Also, putting a drop or two of peppermint or sage in a bottle of water will help to calm them down.


Eucalyptus will help to open the airways, as well as peppermint, wintergreen and spearmint. These oils can be used in a diffuser to help clear the air. Lemon oil also acts as a great air purifier – it has an uplifting, refreshing scent.

A great combination for colds includes rosemary, sage and thyme. Combine these oils with a carrier oil and rub gently into the chest – this, too, will open the airways. My personal favorite for any congestion problem is an oil called Tei Fu. Even those with asthma have found it to be of great help.


Fevers are always a worry when a young child is concerned. Please consult a doctor if the fever is very high, or if it lasts more than one day. Bergamot, lemon or peppermint oils can be used to reduce a fever, along with eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary or thyme.

Falls and Boo-Boos

Then, there are the inevitable falls and boo-boos. Wounds and cuts can bene t greatly by using diluted tea tree oil directly on the cut. This helps to prevent infection and promote faster wound healing. Chamomile can also be used in this way.

Bug Bites

This summer, we could be faced with numerous bug bites and stings. Tea tree, rosemary or cinnamon can be used on wasp stings. Bergamot, chamomile or eucalyptus help to soothe bites. Patchouli has sometimes been used as an antidote for snake and insect bites. And, lavender can be used to counter the poison of bites and stings.

But, to be really safe, let’s nip those bugs in the bud and use some repellents. Citronella works great in a diffuser or as a candle. Clove is another oil that will keep the bugs away. But, my all-time favorite is a mixture of eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint mixed with a carrier oil and smoothed onto the skin.

Whatever befalls your children this summer or throughout the year, think of essential oils first to help keep chemicals out of our lives, and our environment. The oils listed above need to be mixed with carrier oils such as olive, jojoba, sunflower or pure vitamin E before applying to the skin.

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